Tribute to man who loved life
RICHARD Legg, whose family and friends raised £7,000 in a bid to save his life, died of cancer last Wednesday. A fundraising campaign was launched this summer to send Mr Legg, 28, for treatment in Germany. He had first suffered from skin cancer at 21. He
RICHARD Legg, whose family and friends raised £7,000 in a bid to save his life, died of cancer last Wednesday.
A fundraising campaign was launched this summer to send Mr Legg, 28, for treatment in Germany. He had first suffered from skin cancer at 21. He had been given the all clear after treatment but other tumours developed in the past year.
His family were with him when he died at the home of his mother, Rosemary, in Sawtry where he was being cared for.
Mr Legg was born in Wisbech and went to school in Somersham and Ramsey Abbey. He worked as a civil engineer for Breheny.
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A series of events to pay for last-hope treatment included a cake sale and tombola at the Rainbow Store in St Ives, a fun day at the Elephant and Castle in Woodwalton, a Dragon Boat Race in St Ives and a disco at the Montagu Club in Huntingdon.
His sisters, Tara Kingston, from St Ives, and Trudy Smith, from Wistow, arranged for their brother to be treated at a clinic in Germany but just days before he was due to leave, they were told nothing could be done.
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Mrs Kingston said they were able to grant one of her brother's last wishes three weeks ago, a fishing holiday to Newquay where he caught an 18lb fish.
"He was so proud and he really enjoyed the trip."
Mrs Kingston said they had used some of the money for the trip, to pay for Richard's treatments and to buy medicines from America, but whatever was left would be donated to Macmillan Cancer Relief, in appreciation of Richard's Macmillan nurse, Ginny Melisi.
His sister said: "Richard loved life, he loved music and going out for meals or drinks with his mates. Richard was always known as the character in the pack. He kept people laughing and if people were down he was the one who would pick them up. He was always there for everybody."
Richard Legg's funeral will be at Cambridge Crematorium on Monday, September 4 at noon. The family would appreciate flowers.